‘Non-stop’ biometric gates trial at Japan’s Narita Airport

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IT solutions specialist NEC will utilise its long-distance, biometric face recognition technology to eliminate the ID verification process while still maintaining a high level of security during the demonstration of Narita Airport’s ‘Non-stop Gate’.

A trial demonstration of the ‘Non-stop Gate’ passenger journey is taking place at Narita International Airport in Japan. The passenger-processing test will to allow travellers to progress through the terminal without having to stop and provide identification by using automated, biometric identification. Currently, visitors at the airport are required to present ID to security personnel prior to entering the facility.

The pilot study relies on a security system provided by NEC Corporation, which uses cameras with facial recognition capabilities to identify passengers  – as well as high performance hazardous material detection equipment – to eliminate the ID verification process while still maintaining a high level of security, and ensure that passengers proceed smoothly through the airport.

The two-month test, which began on 18 March, will be used to determine the optimum placement, angle and lighting conditions for effective operation of NEC’s biometric recognition system, and will be conducted alongside the airport’s current, manual security processes.

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